I’m thinking about retweeting today.
Let me rephrase that, because I’m not looking to repeat my day and I’m not planning on using Twitter to send out links to my day over and over again.
Rather, on this day, I have retweeting on my mind.
I’m just back from a Skype Chat/interview with the lovely proprietrixes of Freak Revolution, Kyeli and Pace. During one of our many tangents, we discussed retweeting and whether or not people are retweeting because they appreciate the Tweet and what it stands for, or if they’re just echoing their favorite guru.
Do You Read Before You Tweet?
There are times when I’ll throw out a link to my blog and receive instantaneous retweets. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the support of the FWJ community, and don’t know if I’ll ever be able to repay everyone all for kindnesses shown to me and this blog throughout the years. However sometimes I think, “hey, did you even read that? You may like the headline, but hate the content!”
It makes me feel good when people retweet my stuff, but I always hope they read the post first. I also hope the post will lead to a discussion and not just a tweet for the sake of a tweet. I look at it this way, when I share a link, it’s an endorsement. It’s telling my friends and followers I found something worth reading and discussing.
What if you retweet one of my posts because it has a kickass headline, but you don’t quite agree with the content? You have to read to know.
Again, Do You Read Before You Tweet?
Something else I notice on Twitter is how many people will argue about a tweeted or retweeted link, but it’s apparent they didn’t read the article or blog posts. It happens with some of my posts now and again. Someone will disagree with something I wrote or say something unpleasant and it’s apparent that person didn’t take the time to read it, or else he or she would have a completely different point of view.
I think sometimes we feel we know everything we need to know just by reading a headline. Or maybe we feel a blog post or article says something important because a favorite blogger or social media enthusiast tweeted a link. I often wonder if we (collectively) share links and retweets to things simply because we like the people tweeting them. I also wonder if we disagree with certain bloggers if only to disagree.
This post isn’t to say we shouldn’t retweet or support our favorite bloggers and authors because you know I’m all about the love. It’s only to wonder if we’re reading everything we support (if that makes sense?).
I hope you like what your favorite bloggers write, but I also hope you’re reading what they write before you offer endorsement.
What are your thoughts? Are too many people on the social networks blindly following and retweeting without knowing what they’re putting out there? Are we acting to headlines without reading the actual blog posts or articles?